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In the past decades, at the same time as the theory and practice of Shared Decision Making have achieved increasing prominence, threads of epistemological, ethical and political concern have converged to render the concept itself problematic. How does the “evidence based medicine” purveyed by the clinician differ from the evidence used by the patient? Whose values and preferences are meant to take precedence, and how does the social and political milieu impinge upon, or determine, the exercise of decision making (if indeed that is the main point of the health care encounter)?

In this exploratory, conceptual, and deliberately provocative talk, I will seek to blow up and then reconstruct shared decision making along both more defensible yet more ambitious lines, arguing that saving SDM as an approach to health care means saving our system from moral and empirical blindness.

If you would like to attend, please e-mail Jane Beinart at

Forthcoming events

Ethox/WEH Seminar - Regulation of AI in healthcare: what should we expect?

Wednesday, 28 August 2019, 11am to 12.30pm @ Seminar room 0, BDI, Old Road Campus, OX3 7LF

Ethox/WEH Seminar - Genomic secondary findings in inherited heart conditions: a recall by genotype study

Wednesday, 04 September 2019, 11am to 12.30pm @ Seminar room 0, BDI, Old Road Campus, OX3 7LF

Oxford Open Doors

Saturday, 14 September 2019, 12.30pm to 4pm

The Nuffield Department of Population Health will be open to the public as part of this year's Open Doors event. Find out how medical researchers use big data to answer important questions about human health around the world.

Pharmaceutical policies in the long run: reflections on 60th anniversary of the Hinchliffe Report

Monday, 11 November 2019, 9.30am to 5pm @ Merton College, Merton Street Oxford, OX1 4JD

Designing and Running Streamlined Randomized Trials

Monday, 13 January 2020 to Tuesday, 14 January 2020, 9.30am - 5pm